On his travels to college, Ronald Reagan would pass through the unique community of Princeton. The early Massachusetts settlers’ influence is reflected in Princeton's picturesque architecture, stately homes, and comfortable tree-lined streets. Historically, many Princeton homes were part of the underground railroad which gave shelter to many runaway slaves before the Civil War.

Princeton offers a unique shopping experience along its 2.5 miles of downtown streets. Shops range from clothing, furniture and jewelry stores, to craft emporiums and specialty shops. Princeton is best known however, for it's antiquing, and visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the selection of antique malls and quaint shops.

Sites to Visit

The Bureau County Historical Museum

109 Park Ave. W., Princeton, IL
Local history, genealogy, pioneers, agriculture, Civil War, library, & natural history. Cherry Coal Mine Disaster. History. $3 Adults, $1 Under 12.

The Lovejoy Homestead

A Former Station on the Underground Railway. The Lovejoy home was constructed in the early 1830s. On the second floor, visitors can view the area where slaves were hidden. Furnishings in the Lovejoy home reflect the Civil war era and include pieces that are original to the family.


Bird's Nest Motel

2209 N Main St, Princeton, IL - 815-875-8106
Dining facilities available.

Econo Lodge Princeton

2200 N. Main St., Princeton, IL - 815-872-3300
43 rooms some with whirlpool tubs; indoor heated pool. Pet-friendly.

Princeton Motor Lodge

1844 N Main St, Princeton, IL - 815- 875-1121
43 rooms some with whirlpool tubs; indoor heated pool. Pet-friendly.

Super 8 Princeton Motel

2929 N Main St, Princeton, IL - 815-872-8888
Whirlpool suites available, indoor pool and free continental breakfaSt.